Graphic Odyssey: limited edition wallpaper from the Design Museum

Co-curator Tony Brooks has created a Wim Crouwel-inspired design to coincide with a new show devoted to the celebrated Dutch typographer
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Designed by exhibition co-curator Tony Brooks for the Design Museum's Wim Crouwel exhibition, Graphic Odyssey takes the letter 'C' - for Crouwel - as its starting point.
Designed by exhibition co-curator Tony Brooks for the Design Museum's Wim Crouwel exhibition, Graphic Odyssey takes the letter 'C' - for Crouwel - as its starting point.

To coincide with the Design Museum's Wim Crouwel spectacular, Wim Crouwel: A Graphic Odyssey exhibition (30 March - 3 July), co-curator Tony Brooks has designed a Crouwel-inspired wallpaper design which will be on sale for the duration of the show.

"The C in the wallpaper print is for Crouwel," explains Brooks, who is also the creative director of London-based design studio Spin and a self-professed Crouwel fan. "Under normal circumstances a C is a simple letter, but a Wim Crouwel designed letterform is a different matter altogether. The Cs I have chosen show off his love of geometry, systematic thinking and mastery of abstract form."

Now in his 80s, Dutch-born Crouwel is regarded as one of the leading typographic designers of the twentieth century. His work captured the essence of the emerging computer and space age of the early 1960s; major commissions included taking sole responsibility for the identity of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, for which he developed his unique grid system, an approach which realised a visual consistency for the Musuem and defined a turning point in the world of graphic design. Crouwel was also an acquaintance of the Dutch architect and designer Gerrit Rietveld, and designed the definitive monograph Gerrit Rietveld.  The Design Museum show represents the first UK retrospective of Crouwel's work.

Graphic Odyssey has been created with wallpaper manufacturers Cole & Son and costs £175 per roll. Available in two colourways it will be on sale at the Museum's shop and through the website only for the duration of the show.

 

Follow the link to UnBeige for a closer look at Crouwel's work.


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